We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

The University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, is offering a free horticulture educational class, “Come Grow with Us” as we learn about backyard birdhouses. on Wednesday, June 16 from 6-7 p.m. 


Otter Tail County continues to innovate services with a new website application for property valuation and sales. The public can find how property is valued, and realtors, abstractors, attorneys, and surveyors will appreciate the regular real-time updates to the information.

  • Updated

Underwood woman, Nancy XiáoRong Valentine, was chosen to participate in Springboard for the Arts’ “Artists Respond: Equitable Rural Future” program, supported by the Blandin Foundation which selected a handful of artists across rural Minnesota, giving precedence to people of color, the disab…

In honor of Fergus Falls’ first Black resident, a dedication ceremony for the new Honeycutt Memorial Drive will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2 p.m. at 612 E. Summit Ave.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College has named 615 students to its president’s list  and 572 students to its dean’s list  for the 2021 Spring Semester. 

Kate Mudge of Ashby, Minnesota, has joined West Central Initiative as the business development officer.

Effective June 14, Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) and Lake Region Energy Services (LRES) will change daily business and lobby hours to 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that Tyler Schepper joined the nonprofit economic development organization on May 17. Schepper serves as the administrative assistant with a focus on strategic fundraising.

  • Updated

The victims of a Friday, June 4 murder-suicide in Wahpeton have been identified by the city police department.Gregory Zander, 62, lived with Karen Ertelt-Wanner, 52, at 1027 Vantura Dr., Wahpeton. Both were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds after 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.“A preliminary…

  • Updated

The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and Clay County joined in a high speed pursuit with law enforcement on Wednesday at around 8 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 108 near County Highway 11. 

In the early morning of April 20, I awoke in Taiwan to a dreaded phone call from Minnesota to learn about the passing of Walter “Fritz” Mondale, the former vice president to President Jimmy Carter. Born in Ceylon, a small town in southern Minnesota, Mondale lived to 93 — having served as a M…

  • Updated

Richard West, Otter Tail County’s long serving county engineer, will retire from Otter Tail County. West, a graduate of North Dakota State University with a B.S. degree in civil engineering, began his career with Otter Tail County 30 years ago as the county engineer. Tasked early in his care…

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) is requesting the public’s assistance in locating fugitive Robert Thomas Baca, who was last seen in California.

  • Updated

As aquatic invasive species in area lakes have become more prevalent, so has the overall approach to enforcement. Otter Tail County’s approach this year involves many key components with a centerpiece revolving around continued education.

  • Updated

Spring temperatures mean that Minnesotans are out of their homes and enjoying the natural outdoor wonders that our state has to offer. Unfortunately that translates into warmer weather and “Ticks.” Ticks are pathogen carrying arachnoids. Tick bites can transmit disease to humans and animals.

  • Updated

The Unitarian Church of Underwood and Sverdrup Lutheran Church in Underwood have come together to bring Dr. Donna Beegle to share her training: “Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty.”

Heather Kantrud of Fergus Falls (56537) has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s winter 2021 dean’s list. The winter term runs from January to May.

Having recently spent part of my day with fourth- and fifth- graders out at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, a quote from Henry David Thoreau seems like an appropriate beginning to this column, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  I listened as students recited thei…

The June Lynne Lacey Foundation awarded three scholarships May 28 at the Awards Day Ceremony at Ashby High School. Recipients were McKenna Williams, Kate Jensen and Deklin Goeden.

  • Updated

The Fergus Falls Public Library has summer programming for all community members, ages birth through adult. This summer’s theme is “Reading Colors Your World” and brings back in-person programming while still offering virtual programming for hybrid accessibility options.

Watch for the new Viking Library System (VLS) bookmobile, coming to a community near you this summer! The new bookmobile hits the road June 1 in west central Minnesota, continuing more than 40 years of service to the region. The bookmobile replaces an older model that proudly served the area…

  • Updated

Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce the purchase of the former Sunmart facility at 1205 W. Lincoln Ave., has been finalized. Local development company Wayne Enterprises LLC, took ownership on Friday, May 28, 2021, with plans to redevelop the property into a multibusiness facili…

Krystyne Frandson and her family moved to the community in 2017. Her teenage son, who is openly gay and had been raised in a loving and accepting environment, faced the challenges of adjusting to a fairly unaccepting environment. He had one opportunity for an inclusive group, “Rainbow Club,”…

  • Updated

Former Otter Tail County deputy Kelly Backman has been formally sentenced following a petition to enter a guilty plea with the Otter Tail County District Court for a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct of a public officer/employee, in exchange for dropping misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI charges.

The city of Ottertail first began the “Ottertail City Park Music Series” events in June 2015, kicking off the tradition with a performance by the Fergus Falls jazz band. They have since grown and are preparing for summer with six music events that are free to the public. Two events will be h…

  • Updated

On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz launched ‘Your Shot to Summer,’ the state’s COVID-19 vaccine incentive campaign encouraging Minnesotans to roll up their sleeves and get their COVID-19 vaccine during the next month.

Otter Tail County and Otter Tail Lakes Country Association (OTLCA) are excited to announce the launch of a new countywide job portal. The job portal will connect jobseekers and people looking to move to the area with opportunities in the area. It automatically collects the more than 1,000 av…

The 2021 legislative session ended May 17 with the Legislature failing to finish its work on the state budget; however, the governor and legislative leaders agreed to a high-level budget framework before adjournment.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report of protestors on the pipeline right of way in Section 6 of Huntersville Township, northwest of Huntersville on Monday. The complainant stated there were approximately 30 individuals demonstrating and some of them were climbing on equipment…

Someone contacted Fergus Falls police on Monday about a situation involving a possibly stolen dog that they had found. The person told an officer that she had found the lost or stolen dog belonging to a Facebook friend outside a home on Broadway Avenue. The person said they were waiting to h…

A business owner contacted Fergus Falls on Monday about issues with a nearby traffic light. The business owner told police that when vehicles are heading south on College Way to Lincoln Avenue with just one or two cars, that when they are trying to make a left turn onto Lincoln, the light wi…